Thunderstorm asthma warning for Victoria’s Central District downgraded as threat diminishes

The risk of a major thunderstorm asthma event in Victoria’s Central District has now subsided, Vic Emergency has confirmed.

The clear message replaces the advisory issued earlier on Thursday.

People in the area, which included Melbourne and its suburbs, can now resume their normal activities.

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“Although the conditions of epidemic asthma from thunderstorms have passed, it is still grass pollen season and it is important to keep an eye out for asthma symptoms and have your medications with you at all times. moment,” VicEmergency said Thursday night.

“People with asthma should continue to take their regular medications and follow their asthma action plan.

“If you’ve experienced asthma symptoms for the first time, be sure to follow up with your doctor.”

Parts of Melbourne and Geelong were battered by severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon as a powerful trough swept through Victoria. Credit: 7NEWS

Thunderstorm asthma occurs when severe storms accompanied by strong winds carry high levels of grass pollen.

Those most at risk are those with asthma, hay fever or nasal allergies.

Wednesday’s Storm

Parts of Melbourne and Geelong were battered by severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon as a powerful trough swept through Victoria.

Residents have been asked to wear a back-up pump if they have asthma. Credit: AAP

Heavy rain led to flash flooding and road closures in parts of the city, triggering flood warnings in areas including Preston, Essendon, Footscray and Caroline Springs.

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Some areas saw phenomenal amounts of rain during the day, with Maribyrnong recording 41.8mm of rain and Spotswood receiving 35.6mm.

High winds were also recorded, with Melbourne Airport experiencing gusts of 106km/h and Fawkner Beacon hit by gusts of 96km/h.

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